Intense and Fragile
November 20 2014 – January 25, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, November 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Elizabeth King (Professor)
Linda Pace Visiting Artist
Friday, November 21, 5:30 pm
Russell Hill Rogers Galleries
The Southwest School of Art
San Antonio, TX 78205
George Ferrandi (Visiting Faculty)
x=independently organized TED event
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Doors open at 10:00am and the event will begin at 10:30am.
6 N Laurel St.
George Ferrandi is an American artist whose work responds to the specifics of a site, audience or situation, engaging whatever medium is best suited for the task. Employing a unique humor and a deep sense of humanity, her work stimulates a rethinking of cultural assumptions.
George lives with a small dog and a rooftop garden in Brooklyn. She is the director of Wayfarers Studio Program and Gallery in Bushwick, and was the founding member of the touring performance project Cloud Seeding: Circus of the Performative Object. Her work has been performed/exhibited around the country – at Abrons Arts Center in New York, the Kitchen in New York, Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, the Wexner Center in Columbus, the Harn Museum in Gainesville and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. She has been awarded grants from the Franklin Furnace Fundwinners for Performance Art, the Mid Atlantic Arts Council and the Japan-US Friendship Foundation.
George teaches Sculpture and Performance Art periodically at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also runs a small business specializing in the restoration of statues of saints for churches.
Gean Moreno and Michael Jones Mckean (Associate Professor) have been published in DIS Magazine.
Terry Brown & Gordon Settinius, Combover, 2008, Archival pigment print, 16 x 20 inches
Terry Brown (adjunct faculty) and Gordon Stettinius
Exhibition Preview and Book Signing
Thursday November 6: 6pm-8pm
Friday, November 7
Open through November 7 through December 6, 2014
PAGE BOND GALLERY
1625 WEST MAIN STREET
RICHMOND VIRGINIA 23220
804 359 3633
Curated by Eric Fischl
October 25 – January 31, 2015
Jake & Dinos Chapman
Elizabeth King (Professor of Sculpture) & Richard Kizu-Blair
Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
The FLAG Art Foundation
545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY
Opening reception Nov 7th 6pm-10pm
New work from:
Ian Gamble (BFA alumnus)
Jesse Burrowes (VCU Sculpture instructor)
In __ We Trust: Art and Money
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Oct 3, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Disorder. The curious case of dishevelled art. Artium Collection
Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Oct 10, 2014 – August 30, 2015
Michael Jones McKean: we float above to spit and sing
Curated by Tara Strickstein
Exhibition on view May 17 – July 31, 2014
Opening reception May 17, 6 – 11pm
Emerson Dorsch is proud to present we float above to spit and sing the gallery’s first solo exhibition and Miami debut of Michael Jones McKean.
Best known for his large-scale installations, Michael Jones McKean (Associate Professor) presents a selection of new sculptures, collage, and low-relief wall works in his solo exhibition, we float above to spit and sing. Pressuring the limits of sculpture’s narrative potential, both exhibitions assume the mystical quality of myth or allegory. In this context, art-making is an act of magic or compression in which a representation is made a surrogate, and the process of making this surrogate endows it with power.
In Michael Jones McKean’s sculptures and installations, effigies and representations of natural objects and contemporary technology cohabitate in a narrative system of vignettes, that together function as a meditation on our relationship to objects. His wall boxes, in which elegantly crafted representations levitate in fields of softly-hued light, are situated where the screen and museum display meet ancient narrative sculpture traditions. Under McKean’s keenly historical eye the objects he employs experience a flattening of classification. This flattening exposes an unstable relationship between objects and our shared realities, so that associations can be exchanged indiscriminately from a provocative index of forms.
Considered in a broader archaeological sense, Michael’s practice can be defined by a labored contemplation on the ontology of objects. we float above to spit and sing vacillates between a proclivity for fetishizing and an object-oriented shadow world freed from human associations. A place, the artist notes, “where objects, when they choose to visit us, do so with all their unknowable intelligence and perverse strangeness intact.” His disembodied heads and limbs thus act as placeholders- timeless and out of context – denoting a corporeal, mind-dependent, anthropocentric alternative.
Many of the more exotic materials in the exhibition are embedded, encased, or embalmed inside of representations of other objects. In this type of hoodoo, where objects can contaminate other objects, power is rooted in provenance. Their back-stories provide access to anima or spirit voice. A selection of materials in we float above to spit and sing includes: wood, paint, stainless steel, wigs, prosthetic silicon, makeup, bristle cone pine wood, brass, marine resin, medical arm cast, cell phones, jewelry, clothing, dried Himalayan wild flowers, ancient pottery shards, SeaMarker rescue dye, gem stones, mineral fragments, global meteorite fragments, fabric swatches from ethnographic blankets, coral, vitamins, Adderall and morphine.
Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976, Micronesia) is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award, and an Artadia Award. McKean has been awarded fellowships at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and TheBemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Recent exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies: Bard, Annedale-On-Hudson, NY, Horton Gallery: New York, NY, Manifestation Internatiationle d’art deQuebec Biennale, Gentili Apri: Berlin, Germany, The Art Foundation: Athens, Greece, Parisian Laundry: Montreal, Canada and Shenkar University, Tel Aviv, Israel. McKean is currently Associate Professor in the Sculpture and Extended Media department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Concurrent with his exhibition, Michael Jones McKean will be an artist-in-residence May 12-June 15 at Cannonball in downtown Miami. For more information about Cannonball, please visit www.cannonballmiami.org.
The American Academy in Rome presents the winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition. The names were announced at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony held at the Harmonie Club in New York City on 10 April. Recipients of the 2014-2015 Rome Prizes are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome, Italy.
Courtney McClellan (2013-2014 Fountainhead Fellow)
Exhibition: April 11, 2014 – May 10, 2o14
Opening Reception: Friday, April 11, 2014 7-9pm
1514 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220